All things Chinese tea, food and culture.

Recent Tea Posts

Tea Pets Movie Animation Trailer (2017)

Tea Pets Movie Animation Trailer (2017)

“Tea Pets” is a movie made by Gary Wang, who also directed “The Guardian Brothers”. The term “tea pets” refers to Chinese lucky charms, which are loved and collected by tea drinkers in China. Tea lovers who brew their tea in a traditional way, always […]

Hawthorn Berry and Rose Bud Herbal Tea Blend: Recipe and Benefits

Hawthorn Berry and Rose Bud Herbal Tea Blend: Recipe and Benefits

Hawthorn tea has been used for many centuries as a heart tonic in Europe. While in China, hawthorn berries has always been used for indigestion and calming the nerves. Rose bud has been widely used worldwide for centuries for its therapeutic power – now we […]

Pu erh Grading Standard

Pu erh Grading Standard

Each tea has its own grading standard based on its quality and condition. Pu erh is the same. Due to the quality of raw material (mao cha / 毛茶) and the difference in process, Pu erh is sorted into ten grades.  From the highest grade to the lowest, there is Gong Ting Pu erh (宫廷普洱 / the Imperial Grade), the Gift Tea Grade, the Special Grade, 1st Grade, 3rd Grade, 5th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th grade and 10th Grade.

Generally, the higher grades of Pu erh have more buds, while the lower grades contain larger and less tender leaves. Let’s check out the grading standard:

GradeDry LeavesLiquorTaste & AromaBrewed Leaves
Imperial GradeTightly rolled, straight, fine golden budsRed and dense with rich fragranceHeavy and mellow, 10+ steepsThin and tender
Gift Tea GradeTightly rolled, straight, relatively fine golden budsRed and dense with rich fragranceHeavy and mellow, 10+ steepsThin and tender
Special GradeTightly rolled, straight, relatively fine golden budsRed and dense with rich fragranceHeavy and mellow, 8+ steepsRelatively thin and tender
1st GradeTightly rolled, tender with some budsRed and dense with  rich fragranceMellow, 8+ steepsTender
3rd GradeTightly rolled, tender with some budsRed with rich fragranceMellow, 6+ steepsTender
5th GradeTightly rolled, tender with few budsRed with rich fragranceMellow, 6+ steepsUneven in size
7th GradeTightly rolled with few budsDark red with pure fragranceMild, <6 steepsUneven in size
8th GradeLoosely rolled with few budsDark red with pure fragranceMild,  <6 steepsRough, uneven in size
9th GradeLoosely rolled with no budsDark redMild, <6 steepsRough, uneven in size
10th GradeLoosely rolled with no budsDark redMild, <6 steeps Thick and rough, uneven in size

Final Notes

Gu Shu Wild Trees

Please note that the above grading doesn’t apply for wild pu erh teas (gu shu). The leaves of those teas are generally larger and they’re classified based on mountain of origin and the age of the tree.

Grade and Taste

Lower grades of pu erh doesn’t necessarily mean that the tea isn’t good. It’s just that the material used is less fine and more uneven. However, good processing is as important and can still compensate for less quality raw material. Preference for tea is very personal. Regardless of the grading, hope you’ll find your favourite Pu erh!

Do you want to try pu erh yourself? See the curated offerings of pu erh teas by Teasenz.com.

What is “Wet Piling” (Wo Dui)?

What is “Wet Piling” (Wo Dui)?

Traditional sheng pu erh tea can take years to age, before it developed this smooth and sweet flavour that tea lovers longed for. Yet, this wasn’t at all an issue in the early days. Men and horses transported the cakes by foot along the ancient […]

Does Tea Prevents Dementia (Alzheimer’s)?

Does Tea Prevents Dementia (Alzheimer’s)?

During the early ages, we humans don’t really worry about mental disorders and memory loss. Yet, when we grow older some of us see that our loved grand parents suffer dementia. In extreme situations, this results even in personality changes or impaired reasoning. That’s about the […]

Green Tea Bags on Eyes: What Are The Benefits & Does it Work?

Green Tea Bags on Eyes: What Are The Benefits & Does it Work?

Drinking green tea comes with lots of benefits, but did you know that you can re-use green tea bags for on your eyes? In this article you’ll discover the benefits and we’ll present some before and after videos to see if it really works!

The Benefits

Tea bags on eyes for conjunctivitis

When your eyes are inflammed (Conjunctivitis), also known as having ‘pink eyes’, it will result in a tired look. Pink eye can be due to a viral or bacterial infection or due to an allergy.

Though it can be due to different causes, the symptoms of conjunctivitis can be easily eased with green tea. Green tea has a calming effect due to the high antioxidant content.

Tea bags for dark circles

Dark circles on the eyes are caused by lack of sleep, dehydration, hangovers, unhealthy food or a lack of vitamin. It can also be caused by stress or simply genetics.

Green tea can help to reduce dark circles, though to completely get rich of dark circles, you also will need a life style change.

Antioxidants in green tea can perfectly treat dark circles and reduce puffiness. The caffeine content shrinks blood vessels and minimise fluid retention. The tannins stimulates blood circulation. At last, the alkaloids promote healthy skin growth while ECGC in tea reduces inflammation!

How To Do It Yourself!

  • Steep 2 green tea bags in hot water for 2 minutes.
  • Then take the bags out and cool them in a refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Wash your face. Then dry it.
  • Place the cooled tea bags directly on your eyes for 20 minutes.
  • Rinse your face with cold water.

Does it Work?

As with many health tips, it’s hard to generalise whether certain tips work for everyone. Often times, what works for others doesn’t necessary work for you.

As with green tea bags, we think it can be really effective, if the underlying cause of pink eye and dark circles is due to inflammation.

Video Instructions from Vloggers

Below some videos from other vloggers on YouTube, we’ve tried out green tea bags on eyes. Learn about there experience.

What is Duck Shit Tea (Ya Shi Xiang)? A Dancong Oolong Tea

What is Duck Shit Tea (Ya Shi Xiang)? A Dancong Oolong Tea

If there was a competition for weird tea names, “Ya Shi Xiang” or “Ya Shi” (literally means “duck shit fragrance” or “duck shit”) would probably rank at least in the top three. You must be curious when you hear this name: Does it look like […]

What’s a Fairness Pitcher & Why You Need It for Drinking Tea

What’s a Fairness Pitcher & Why You Need It for Drinking Tea

If you’ve ever seen or experienced a real Chinese tea ceremony, you probably noticed that the tea artist first pours the tea from the teapot into a pitcher. Such a pitcher is known as a “gong dao bei”, which literally means ‘fair cup’. In the West, […]

The Ancient Tea Horse Road: Official 8 Episodes Video Documentary

The Ancient Tea Horse Road: Official 8 Episodes Video Documentary

Watch all the episodes of this historical documentary on the tea horse road by CCTV/CNTV. All episodes are in Chinese, supplemented with English subtitles.

The Ancient Tea Horse Road – Part 1

Resembling the famous Silk Road, the Ancient Tea Road located in southwestern China was an important gateway for transportation and communication between ancient China and West Asia. It was a giant platform for the political, economic, social and cultural intersection of different ethnic groups and a gigantic lifeline stretching on the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau and the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

Cultural Exchange Along Ancient Tea Horse Route – Part 2

Tea and tea culture were first exported from China to the West. For centuries, caravans carried tea from one destination to anther, from one country to another, even to the other side of the earth. It became a never-ending link connecting different ethnic groups and continents.

The Traces of the Southern Silk Road – Part 3

Searching for traces of the caravans of the ancient road is like salvaging a sunken boat in the ocean. This missing tribe has been hiding in the mountains, valleys and forests of the vast southwest. Only from the scattered folktales can we faintly see their figures.

The Stories of the Ancient Tea Trail – Part 4

For the caravans of the past, the ancient road was largely a test of life and will. Many of the spectacles were life or death moments. And there were so many such moments in their lives. There were endless roads and nonstop hurdles.

The Ancient Tea Horse Caravan Path – Part 5

The ancient road is motionless in the paintings, but the road that carries time, culture, caravans, and business travellers. The hooves are the needles, allowing the road to sing its songs on the horseback.

The Ancient Tea Horse Trail: Yanjing – Part 6

Yanjing Village is properly described as a throat. It’s not only the gate to Tibet, but also a spiritual home for many ethnic groups and cultures. In the 19th century, the foreign missionaries entered Tibet from India via the ancient road, and then made their way to Yanjing, bringing the Western religion to the local Tibetans and Naxi people.

The Ancient Tea Caravan Road: Road To Fortune – Part 7

The most important function of the ancient road is trade and circulation. As small as households, and as large as trans-provincial and transnational business families, their success depended primarily on this road. For many people, the ancient road is the road of fortune and prosperity.

The Ancient Tea Road: The Midsection – Part 8

The midsection of the ancient road is the converging point of Yunnan-Tibet and Sichuan-Tibet Ancient Tea-Horse roads. The majority of the residents here are Tibetans, and most of the famous horse drivers are from this area. A song about the town names of the ancient roads is still very popular today.

How Feng Shui, Money Frogs & The Tea Drinking Environment Are Related

How Feng Shui, Money Frogs & The Tea Drinking Environment Are Related

If you’ve ever seen a traditional Chinese tea ceremony setting, you probably noticed these little money frogs on the tea table. These money frogs are known as ‘tea pets’. Besides these money frogs, tea pets are also available in other forms such as buddhas/monks and […]